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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:12 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A controversial study released November 8 has called into question the safety of exchange-traded funds. Exchange-traded funds are similar to mutual funds in that they are made up of a bundle of stocks or bonds, but they trade like stocks. However, unlike stocks or mutual funds, shares of an ETF do not represent ownership in

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Friday, November 12, 2010 11:03 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in the news more than Lindsay Lohan since they were placed in conservatorship in 2008. What does that mean for bond investors? Most recently, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s reported that overhauling the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, aka Freddie Mac, and the Federal National Mortgage Association, aka

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 2:56 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A new study has found that socially responsible investing, or SRI, continues to gain steam in the U.S. marketplace. The Report on Socially Responsible Investing Trends in the United States from the Social Investment Forum found that SRI assets are up. Nearly $1 of every $8, or 12.2 percent of the $25.2 trillion in total assets

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 3:31 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

If you ask some broker-dealers, as well as insurance agents, a uniform fiduciary standard is not in consumers’ best interests. Disclosing commissions and increased transparency of fee structures will result in higher costs for consumers as well as reduced choice. Consumer advocates disagree. The Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law in July, empowered the Securities and

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Friday, November 5, 2010 11:22 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

For the foreseeable future, savers and investors in CDs will find themselves with limited options. The twin pressures of persistently low interest rates combined with rising food and energy prices can drive investors to take on more risk than they would prefer, whether that’s by extending maturities, taking on more credit risk or finding more volatile

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:57 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The sky is falling. Or, at least, the sky in bond-land may be falling. Or maybe not — but according to Paul Farrell at Marketwatch.com, if you ask the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, or economist Marc Faber, now is not the time to be bullish on bonds. In “Sell bonds now, Fed’s QE2 is

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Tags: bonds, QE2
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:16 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The search for yield is tough, but is it so tough that investors would flock to bonds with a negative yield? On Monday, they did just that. At auction, $10 billion worth of Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, were snatched up by investors paying $105.50 for the 0.5 percent coupon over five years, the New York

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Tags: TIPS
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 2:39 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

According to modern portfolio theory, a portfolio’s returns are largely driven by asset allocation. Asset allocation relies on diversification to mitigate risk. But, as Lionel Martellini writes in “A better approach to risk management,” for the Financial Times, “Diversification cannot be expected to work in market downturns when all correlations between risky securities and asset

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Friday, October 22, 2010 10:38 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In the 1600s, the Dutch went crazy for tulip bulbs. In the book “History of Greed,” David E. Y. Sarna calls the scandal the “first well-documented securities manipulation fraud.” For two years, the Netherlands experienced a boom and bust in the tulip bulb market. The bust came in 1637. At its heyday, people bet their

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 1:37 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Some things are so patently obvious that they become cliches. My early investing experiences taught me that the investing truisms, diversify and buy low, sell high, are actually true. Manage to do those two things well and you’ll be well ahead of the curve. 1. Not diversifying In my first job out of college, flush with

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